War hero's body returned home to the U.S. after 10 years

Maj. Troy Gilbert was killed in action on November 27, 2006.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. - Ten years after he was killed, a war hero's body was returned to the U.S.

Maj. Troy Gilbert, an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, died on Nov. 27, 2006, during a combat operation in Iraq.

Al Qaeda insurgents took the body after the aircraft he was flying crashed.

Gilbert's remains arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware last week. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.  

"We don't leave anybody behind," said Col. David Shoemaker, "and when we have the opportunity to bring back a fallen soldier, sailor, airman or marine, then we do that."

Luke Air Force also named the bridge that connects the housing section to the base the "Major Troy L. Gilbert Memorial Bridge."

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